Estate: The Binner estate has been passed down to each generation since its founding in 1770. The 9 hectare domaine in Alsace has 6 hectares of old vine vineyards, 40% of the vines are over 60 years old, with many nearly 100 years in age. Vineyards are in Côteaux d’Ammerschwihr, along with several plots in the prized grand cru of Kaefferkopf. Christian Binner is the currant head of the domaine, he is passionate about organic, biodynamic and minimal intervention methods [certified organic]. For a closer look, check out In The Vineyards Of Alsace With Christian Binner over at Sprudge Wine.
Winemaking: Si Rose was inspired by Roman winemaking in which white wine was made with macerated [skin contact] grapes, “releasing the tannins and natural colours of the grapes”. Additionally, climate change is increasing the temperature in Alsace, causing difficulties with the slow ripening varieties. Binner looked to ancient winemaking techniques of the Mediterranean “which historically have known how to vinify fleshy and powerful grape varieties in hot regions, to make fresh, gourmet and palatable wines. Their secret: macerated the whites, which makes an orange wine”.
Grapes are from are from 2 consecutive vintages, on hillside, south facing vineyards with limestone soils. 30% was macerated for 8 months and 70% macerated for 8 days, bottled in autumn 2019. Unfined, unfiltered, no added So2.
Tasting Notes: Coral ruby in colour, very aromatic; with mandarin orange, peach, drizzle of caramel, saline minerality, candied rose petal, lychee, ylang ylang and lime leaf. Juicy peach, apricot, nectarine, rose petal, chalky minerality and a trace of eucalyptus are framed by green tea tannins and citrus acidity. Mandarin orange, mango, pink grapefruit and lemon infuse the sleek finish. Vivacious and vibrant.
65% Gewurztraminer, 35% Pinot Gris
Vin de France
Bottled by Christian Binner
$30 [average price]